Beavers travel to No. 7 St. Cloud State for NSIC doubleheader
Monday, April 11, 2011
Beavers travel to No. 7 St. Cloud State for NSIC doubleheader
This Week: The Bemidji State University baseball team travels to No. 7 St. Cloud State University April 12 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Joe Faber Field. First pitch is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start.  

Conference Games: All conference doubleheaders will play a seven inning game first, followed by a nine inning contest. The nine inning game has a 10-run rule after seven complete innings.

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About Bemidji State:
The Beavers (9-15 overall and 3-7 NSIC) opened their home season with Concordia University, St. Paul April 9, falling 17-7 and 7-5 in 10 innings before day two of the four-game NSIC set was canceled by BSU officials due to rain. BSU and CU were tied 6-6 after three innings in game one, then a one-run fourth and six-run fifth by the Golden Bears guided them to the win. BSU senior Nick Jelacie hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel game two to extra innings tied 3-3. A couple blunders early in the top of the 10th led to the demise of the Beavers as the two errors kept an inning going where the Golden Bears scored four runs. BSU got two back in the bottom half, but couldn’t compete the comeback. Jelacie went 3-for-8 in the two contests, with two homeruns, three runs scored and two RBI. He also stole one base and had four putouts.

About St. Cloud State: The Huskies are 18-6 overall and 6-4 in the NSIC after opening up their NSIC home schedule April 8-9 with a four-game series against Winona State. The Huskies dropped three of four games against the Warriors, losing the first two games by a score of 8-2 and 9-1. SCSU then got in the win column and put an end to the Warriors’ perfect record in conference play with a 2-0 win in the third game, but couldn’t get the split losing 2-0 in the final game of the series. Sophomore Jordan Smith owns a .374 average with 34 hits, 21 runs and a team-high 22 RBI. He has four homeruns and a team-best 54 total bases on the season. Freshman Kyle Fischer is 5-0 in four starts on the mound this season, owning a 2.28 ERA with eight runs (seven earned) allowed on 16 hits. He has allowed a .168 batting average in 27.2 innings or work.

Last Action vs SCSU: Last season the Beavers played four nonconference games against SCSU at the H.H.H. Metrodome Feb. 26-27. BSU took the first game 6-5 before falling 13-2, 7-1 and 3-1. Playing as the home team in game one, the Beavers owned a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh, but two runs by the Huskies tied the contest 5-5. With a runner on first and two out, Nick Jelacie put the ball in play and an error by the left fielder was all it took for BSU to score and win the game.    

Team Notes
• BSU is on a seven-game losing skid.
• The Beavers are 2-1 in extra innings this season with wins against Arizona Christian University (10-8 in 11) and Upper Iowa (3-2 in 11). BSU lost to Concordia-St. Paul 7-5 in 10 innings April 9.
• BSU is 3-1 in games decided by one run.
• The Beavers have combined for five triples this season, last season the team posted just eight three-baggers all year long.
• BSU is 7-3 when scoring at least six runs and are 7-3 when out-hitting the opponent.
• The Beavers are 2-12 when scoring five runs or less.
• BSU hasn’t lost when holding a lead after four.
• The Beavers have picked-off a league best 12 runners, four of them are victims of sophomore lefty Phil Bray, who leads the league.
• The Beavers have a .965 fielding percentage, ranking first in the NSIC and No. 30 in the nation (through games 4/3).
• BSU has the second least errors this season with 27, behind CU (25).
• The Beavers have allowed 151 runs this season, 55 have come in the first two innings.
• BSU has a .269 batting average with runners in scoring position.
• The Beavers defeated Upper Iowa 1-0 March 27. The last time BSU won 1-0 was March 2, 2003 at home versus Concordia University, St. Paul.
• BSU opened NSIC play 3-0. The last time they opened 3-0 in NSIC play was in 1993 with a four-game sweep of University of Minnesota-Morris in mid-April.
• The Beavers shut-out Minot State 7-0 March 11, with the 1-0 victory at UIU March 27, the Beavers have earned two shutouts for the first time since 2003 when that team had three.

Player Notes
• Sophomore Phil Bray threw a complete game shutout against Minot State March 11. He allowed just three hits and fanned four batters.
• Senior Ryan Sander also threw a complete game shutout, winning 1-0 March 27 at Upper Iowa, allowing six hits and striking out seven.
• Bray has a team-leading 31 strikeouts to rank ninth in the NSIC; his     12 Ks looking sits tied for sixth.
• Sander has walked just four batters in 26 innings of work to rank tied for third in the NSIC.
• Sophomore Ryan Brezinski’s two saves is tied for fourth in the NSIC.
• Smith has nine doubles to lead the team and sit tied for fifth in the league.
• With six stolen bases (6-for-6) Smith ranks tied for seventh in the NSIC.
• Smith has a team-best eight multi-hit games (two three hit games). Sophomore Logan Kalis is the only player this season to have four hits in a game, doing so against Valley City State March 13.
• Senior Brian Murphy (vs Minot State March 11) and freshman Zach Braun (vs Arizona Christian March 9) are the only Beavers to record four RBI in a game.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll: The Beavers were tabbed 11th in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released by league officials Jan. 19. The Beavers received 55 votes after closing the 2010 season with a 16-37 overall and 7-25 NSIC record, finishing 11th in the final league standings. Seniors Colton Smith (3B/OF, Waddell, Ariz.) and Ryan Sander (RHP/1B, St. James, Minn.) were tabbed Bemidji State’s Players to Watch.